Richard Stroud

Grove Sun

Richard Stroud

Grove Sun

COLCORD- For the second year in a row, the Colcord Hornets have reached football’s postseason.

They just hope this year’s stay is longer than last year’s.

After finishing third in District 2A-8 in 2009, the Hornets were manhandled by Verdigris 48-14 in the opening round of the playoffs. Turns out the Hornets were in good company, as 2A-7 swept all four playoff matchups against 2A-7, advancing three of their four playoff qualifiers all the way to the quarterfinals.

This year Colcord finished second behind Commerce in a hotly contested, revamped 2A-8, and the Hornets have earned a home playoff spot against the Pawhuska Huskies. The Huskies were part of 2A-7’s collective playoff run, advancing to the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Lincoln Christian and finishing with a 11-3 record.

But after graduating 11 players off last year’s team, the Huskies have stumbled to a 6-4 record this season while struggling to consistently find offense. After averaging 32 points per game last season, the Huskies have seen their offensive production slip to 17.7 points per contest in 2010.

Pawhuska has made up for it with a tight defense that is allowing 15 points per game, including six games where they’ve allowed seven points or less.

Scoring points has not been a problem for the Hornets in 2010, and they’ve scored them in a variety of ways. Quarterback/defensive back Canaan Sherrell has led the way for the Hornets, totaling nearly 2,500 yards throwing and running. Sherrell also has five interceptions on the season, returning three for touchdowns. In total, Sherrell has accounted for 35 touchdowns in 10 regular season games.

Backing up Sherrell have been running back Chris Aguilar and Darwin Davis. Aguilar, who is also leading the team defensively with 123 tackles, has 668 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground this season, while Davis has 548 yards and four touchdowns. Both runners are averaging over seven yards per carry.

The Hornets have been especially hot offensively during their current five-game winning streak. Since losing 35-14 to Commerce in week five, Colcord has blowout wins over Kansas, Adair, Quapaw, Wyandotte and Ketchum during which they’ve scored an average of 47 points per contest.